Mrs. Puff assigns SpongeBob's class an essay, which is on the topic of what not to do at a spotlight, has to be 800 words long at the minimum, and is due the very next day. SpongeBob is the only one excited about the essay.
SpongeBob writes the first ten words, "What Not to do At A Spotlight By SpongeBob SquarePants", but after over two hours, he can't seem to write anything else. He eventually starts fresh, and though it appears he writes a lot shortly afterwards, he only writes the word "The". With 799 words to go, SpongeBob tries to go further, but stays up to 10. He asks Patrick for advice, but he is too tired. SpongeBob then hallucinates that his house goes on fire because he can't write more
After this dream, he finally writes the essay in the five minutes just before boating school starts by simply writing random things. In the end, Mrs. Puff tells SpongeBob that she tried to call him to tell him that she cancelled the essay and decided that she will take the class on a field trip to a stoplight. SpongeBob rips his essay, and rips himself in half too.
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A part where SpongeBob looks out the window, all his friends are there, and Patrick rubbing Sandy with Sun Lotion then says, "Come on, SpongeBob!".
SpongeBob exercising (removed on some airing of the episodes, and sometimes not. The reason is unknown).
A scene where a video of a drag race car crashing into a wall.
Only DVD and early airings of the episode, as well as the Nickelodeon Philippines airing of this episode on July 24, 2012, show these scenes. This was most likely because of time constraint. A possibly reason that the scene where SpongeBob looks out the window were deleted may have been due to how close Patrick's hands were to Sandy's breasts. A possibly reason the racecar scene was also removed may because Nickelodeon did not want viewers to try racing a car.
Now, after SpongeBob stares at his paper, it just cuts to him standing on the floor saying, "I can feel those juices pumping now!". This is likely an error to some viewers, as before the scene cuts, SpongeBob is sitting, but then he is standing.
The altered version has been used on reruns since October 2006 as well as on the SpongeBob website at Nick.com.
Patrick:Come on, SpongeBob!
(Spongebob goes back to his desk)
SpongeBob: It should be against the law to have to write an essay on such a super sailorific, sunshiny day! Oh! But I must press onward, because with this pencil, and the completion of this essay, I'll be one step closer to my driver's license!
(a live-action drag race is shown. a car hits a wall, tumbles and gets back up)
SpongeBob: Oh, yeah. This'll be no problemo. I've got plenty of time. It's only-six o'clock! Okay, okay here we go. (struggles to write) I know, I've got to get blood pumpin' in the own vessels. How about some calisthenics?
(SpongeBob does calisthenics. While doing it, he recites Hup Hoo several times)
SpongeBob: I can feel those juices pumpin' now!
SpongeBob: Gee, this is harder than I thought... (immediately cuts to him sitting happily in his chair) I can feel those juices pumpin' now! (The rest of the episode goes normally.)
9:35 am - SpongeBob arrives in Mrs. Puff's Boating School.
9:37 am - SpongeBob rips his essay and himself.
This episode is one of the two episodes with a fan-famous deleted scene, the other one being "Just One Bite."
This episode is among those from the second season where the colors occasionally become dull, such as in "Your Shoe's Untied."
This is first time SpongeBob is locked out of his house (though it was just in his dream). SpongeBob also is locked out his house again in the episode "Party Pooper Pants."
This is the first time SpongeBob chokes. He will later choke a second time in "Karate Star."
This is also the first time SpongeBob's house talks or is set on fire. A scene similar to this also happens in Ghost Host. However, unlike this episode, the house only roars instead of telling SpongeBob not to waste more time. It also happens in the episode Pet Sitter Pat, when it shows SpongeBob's Pineapple on fire in a thought bubble after Grandma SquarePants mentions being in danger of burning down the house if she was not any older because of all the candles on her cake.
The music used on the scene when SpongeBob looks out the window and see everyone having a good day, was used on the Nicktoon series Hey Arnold!.
When SpongeBob cleaned his kitchen, it turned chrome similar to how the future world looked in the episode "SB-129."
In this episode SpongeBob has kelp milk, Aqua Bread, Horse of the Sea, a Chinese takeout box, an ice cube tray, two cans of soda (one red the other green), an orange box, a purple box, ketchup, and mayo, all in his fridge.
This episode was on the Pixter video cartridge "The Best of SpongeBob SquarePants".
On April 21, 2014, the episode was shortened yet again, skipping from SpongeBob saying, "This essay is pure gold!", to him playing with the chair and making it squeak. It is unknown whether this is permanent or not.
A scene from this episode was shown in the 2012 film Ted.
During the scene when SpongeBob runs through a hall, and on title card, there are deformed, melted and melting clocks. This may be a reference to The Persistence of Memory.
As far as essays go, it's excessive that one about what not to do at a stoplight would require 800 words, especially when it is due the next day.
When SpongeBob wakes up from his dream and looks at the paper before looking at the clock, only the word "The" is shown and the line "What Not to do at a Spotlight by SpongeBob SquarePants" is missing from the top.
On his essay, SpongeBob misspelled "Stoplight" as Spotlight.